125 years ago, The Salvation Army’s work began inVictoria. Our first church service was held in an abandoned skating rink on Fort St.between Douglas and Blanshard on June 25th, 1887.
To highlight how we have served our community, both as a Church and a social service provider we entered a float in the 114th Island Farms Victoria Day Parade.
To showcase our Christian roots, members of the brass band from the Victoria Citadel ( including members of the Timbrel Brigade ) were highlighted on our float. They played many favourite hymns, including Onward Christian Soldiers, for the 65,000 spectators that lined the 3km parade route.
To showcase the community work of The Salvation Army, a replica of a mobile canteen which was used in WW2, followed behind the band. The canteens used in both WW1 and WW2 were used to serve the soldiers hot meals, beverages, friendship and fellowship.
And that same philosophy of friendship, community and fellowship still runs deep with The Salvation Army.